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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Honoria, Turtle Feltie on: February 21, 2015 08:33:22 AM
Honoria, is my answer to a friend's request for a Turtle Feltie.  At 8", nose to tail, she's one of my largest so far.  I've used a wire skeleton so her head/tail/legs are bendable.  Because she's very feminine, I've made her a lace underskirt & flowery shell.   She's stuffed with polyfil & I used a circle of cardboard to keep her tummy flat.  I've planned a couple of changes for the next one but am quite pleased with my first try.   







12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hondo, Frog Feltie on: February 20, 2015 10:35:12 PM
When a friend asked me to make a feltie pattern for a frog, Hondo was the result.  He's about 6" long (nearly twice that when his legs are stretched out) & has a wire skeleton to make him bendable.  I stuffed him with polyfil & used cute little heart shaped buttons to attach his legs.  His eyes are beads & I've painted his spots on with an acrylic paint.  There's room for improvement but my friend is very happy with him.
     



13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Refurbished rocking horse on: January 25, 2015 10:05:05 PM
When my husband pulled this pathetic looking rocking horse from a neighbor's trash pile, he decided it was very sturdy & only needed some TLC to give it a new life. 

He helped me remove the mane, tail,  eyes, etc & sand it down.  We also shortened the handles.

I painted him with a warm tan color & added flowers on the rockers to compliment the colors  in the padded saddle I fashioned from a faux leather fabric.  The fabric had an all-over design embossed into it so I was able to add colorful flowers by stitching along the lines of the embossing with embroidery thread.  The mane, tail, halter, stirrups & ears are all made from the same faux leather.  A comfy ride for a young cowpoke.





14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Corn Leaves on: August 12, 2014 05:31:38 AM
Thanks for the feedback.  STILLATTHETOP, I appreciate all the info you found for me.  I've given it a cursory check but haven't yet gone into it in detail.  We've been moving grandlings into their own house, selling up our motor home, & getting ready to go to Florida.  Time is at a premium right now but I'm anxious to delve into it soon.  I'm sure there are numerous ways I can use the pods & just have to find them.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Corn Leaves on: August 03, 2014 08:52:43 PM


I stopped in the lane & picked a few leaves from the neighbor's corn. 



After washing them, I used a scissors to cut closely on each side of the center vein.
Then I cut down each half of the leaf to make 4 strands.



I used some glass marbles to make the stem stand up in a cup so I could work on it.



 I folded the strands one over the other & tucked the last one under the first.  This made what was called a Chinese Crown Knot when I did macrame'.  There are other names but that is the name I learned. 



I repeated the knot as many times as I could & ended up with a little pod at the base of the leaf with the center vein still intact. 


They're now standing in a vase drying.





This is actually the second time I've tried this.   As I expected, the first group lost a lot of it's color in drying.  I may try bleaching them if I can figure out how it's done.  I'm also waiting to determine if I knotted the first ones more loosely or if it's part the drying process.



Now I come to my dilemma.  I've never seen this done, so I don't know what I have or what to do with them.   I need a few ideas.

I think they look kind of neat in the vase & could be used in a dried arrangement.  I also wonder how they'd look in a wreath.  Other then that, I don't know if I've come up with something great or if I should throw them all away.

Suggestions?  Opinions?


 
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Flaunt it! on: July 17, 2014 02:58:43 PM
The first surgery was several years ago & I've nearly recovered from the second.  At times it was a stretch but I really enjoyed all of the painting. 
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Butterfly Dish on: July 13, 2014 09:56:59 PM
I'm well pleased with everything about my butterfly except the colors.  I captured the image from "Free Clip Art" & printed it as large as possible on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  After tracing the details on a slab of fresh clay, I cut it out & shaped it using paper wads as support.   When it was leather hard, I carved in the details & painted it over all before the first firing.  Before the second firing I used a dark green glaze to add definition to the carving.  A final transparent gloss finished it.
I dont care for the colors but fully intend to make more butterflies before very much longer.
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18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Twisted cones on: July 12, 2014 10:45:41 PM
A recent pottery piece that's actually a trial run for a larger piece I'd like to make.  I made two cone shapes that are flat on one side so they fit together.  Then I twisted both pieces so they're entwined---sort of a Yin Yang effect but with cones.  I'm not sure I'll ever make a second piece but certainly had fun making the prototype.



19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Photo Transfers on: July 11, 2014 08:32:54 PM
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.  It appears we're in the majority because the bamboo & the Ferris wheel are my favorites too.

These turned out great!  I'm especially drawn to the ferris wheel one.   Did you happen to snap any before shots (before the enhancements)?  I would love to see the differences.

Belladune:  You can't really see what's been done in the way of enhancement in the photos.  
On the first one, the bamboo leaves were painted over with a glossy Mod Podge so they pop out of the mat photo.  
We did the same for the lobster & some of the lettering on the Portland Lobster sign.
The only other one is the B&W Budapest Dome where the flag was painted & glossed.

If you want to see the original photos, most are on daughter's site:  denajenkins.com
If they appear different from the ones here, it might mean she did more photoshopping on them.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Photo Transfers on: July 04, 2014 11:28:35 AM
My daughter & I have been experimenting with photo transfers & having a delightful time.   She's not professional but is seriously into photography so all of the photos are ones she's taken during her travels.

We used a gel medium to transfer the laser printed photos to canvas or wood.  We finished some with an acrylic spray---mat or gloss---& added a thick coat of Mod Podge to others.  Some are coated with dark oil to give a more antique finish.  For those transfers that weren't as successful, we covered the glitches with an acrylic wash to give a more distressed appearance.  Several have been enhanced by painting a Glossy Mod Podge onto certain areas for accents. 

We came up with quite a variety of looks & hope to investigate a bit more into the technique.  We've already chosen a lot more photos to work with & may even try a few of my pics.













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